The DA’s former head of policy Gwen Ngwenya believes the party does not take matters of policy seriously. This is disclosed in Ngwenya's four-page resignation letter, dated January 18, which was sent to DA leader Mmusi Maimane. Her resignation from the post comes a month before the party’s manifesto launch at the end of February, where the party is expected to give voters its policy package for the 2019 national and provincial elections. Ngwenya, who is a former COO of the Institute of Race Relations (IRR), did not even complete a year in the post. The DA’s former policy head, Gavin Davis, resigned from the post in 2017. Ngwenya states in her letter that there were many reasons for her resignation, which included a lack of political support for her work, as well as the fall-out around the party’s stance on broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE), a lack of budget to do her work, as well as no actual job description. Read the full resignation letter here

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